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Whitesburg's mayor says proposed payroll tax could help his city grow

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

LETCHER Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Whitesburg's Mayor James Wiley Craft said dwindling revenue is to blame for their city's proposed payroll tax.

Craft said a 1.5 percent payroll tax for all employees within city limits is necessary.

"We'll be able to move the city forward and do the kinds of things that Pikeville has done or Hazard has done," said Craft. "Without revenue we cannot do that."

Dozens of people gathered on Wednesday night to voice their concern.

Juanita Spangler is a teacher at Whitesburg Middle School.

Spangler said this could impact one of her colleagues.

"This tax is going to cost her $6.50 every two weeks," said Spangler. "For some people that may not be a whole lot, but for her that could be the difference between a meal or not."

Craft estimated this tax could bring in nearly $200,000 per year.

He also said the ordinance would not impact retirement benefits.

"We will only be taxing those people who have a job," Craft said. "Not those who are laid off or on retirement."

Mayor Craft said the council could meet again as soon as Monday for a second reading on the ordinance.

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